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Sochi in final stretch as flame lit in Olympia

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 01:07

Sept. 29 - The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch is lit in ancient Olympia Sunday, heralding the start of what will be the longest torch relay for any Winter Games, including a trip to space. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch was lit in ancient Olympia on Sunday, heralding the start of what will be the longest torch relay for any Winter Games, including a trip to space. The Black Sea resort of Sochi, the first Russian city to stage a Winter Olympics, will receive the flame on Oct. 5 after a short relay in Greece, to kick off a 123-day odyssey culminating at the opening ceremony on Feb. 7. Russian President Vladimir Putin is eager to deliver a "brilliant" Games to showcase how far Russia has come since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. On a hot autumn day, actress Ino Menegaki, playing the high priestess, lit the torch in seconds as the sun's rays bounced off a concave mirror at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics, a ritual first established for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. After leaving Greece, the flame will travel to outer space, the bottom of Lake Baikal, the North Pole and Europe's highest peak in the mammoth run across the vast country, carried by a record 14,000 torch-bearers.

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Sochi in final stretch as flame lit in Olympia

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 01:07